Doogie Bowzer, Miss Mugsy

Attached is a photo of my four dogs with me on our patio taken 3 years ago. A year ago, I had to put Doogie Bowzer to sleep at age 16 (the little gray & white dog on the left) and 2 years ago, I had to put Miss Mugsy (my little French bulldog next to Doogie) to sleep at age 12 due to illness.  I know your pain but the pain is far outweighed by the joy I received while they were here with me on earth.  When Miss Mugsy passed away, my brother-in-law sent me the following poem which is so appropriate for people like you and me who had to make that terrible decision to put their beloved pet to sleep.  Here goes:
From a Grateful Pet.
You\’re giving me a special gift, so sorrowfully endowed, And through these last few cherished days your courage makes me proud.  But, really, love is knowing when your best friend is in pain And understanding eathly acts will only be in vain.  So looking deep into your eyes, and beyond into your soul, I see in you the magic that will once more make me whole.  The strength that you possess is why I look to you today. To do this thing that must be done, for it\’s the only way.  That strength is why I\’ve followed you and chose you as my friend, And why I\’ve loved you all these years…my friend until the end. Please, understand just what this gift you\’re giving means to me.  It gives me back the strength I\’ve lost, and all my dignity.  You take a stand on my behalf, for that is what friends do, And know that what you do is right, for I believe it, too.  So one last time, I breathe your scent and through your hand I feel, The courage that\’s within you to grant me this appeal.  Cut the leash that holds me here, my friend, and let me run,Once more a strong and steady spirit, my pain and struggle done.  And don\’t despair my passing for I won\’t be far away; Forever here, within your heart and memory I will stay.  I\’ll be there watching over you, your ever-faithrul friend, And in your memories I will play, a young friend once again.\”  The best place to bury Spritey is in your heart. Thank you for writing such a beautiful story about your wonderful furry friends.

Beth from NY